Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Facebook Song

This is Ryan's cousin, a very gifted songwriter/musician.  I just love this song that he wrote about facebook.  I think it needs to go viral. :)  Enjoy!

Harvest Party

Wow, so are we almost done with Halloween? LOL.  Just today we went to Trick or Treat Street at the Wichita Children’s Theatre and a Harvest Party at Evangel Assembly of God.  Whew. . .I’m exhausted.  Olivia is loving it all this year, however, so it completely makes it worth it.  Although she has quite enough candy and it isn’t even Halloween yet.  It doesn’t help when I can’t seem to find a cake walk that I don’t win.  Maybe I should stop doing them, but they’re just so much fun!  Ha ha! Or maybe I should buy a lottery ticket instead.  Anyway, before I become completely delirious, here are some pics from tonight.

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Wish I would have brushed my hair in this picture because Olivia looks adorable!

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Her very first pony ride.

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My Little Spot

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Bat Girl and Spot


Friday, October 28, 2011

Ten Years

Before we get too caught up in Halloween and candy and costumes. . .I wanted to tell you how special this Halloween night is.  Ten years ago on Halloween, I was to meet Ryan over at his sister’s house.  When I got there, Ryan had not yet arrived.  I was told that he went to get ice which I didn’t think much about.  I remember Alex and Julia were a little over 1 year old.  That alone makes me feel old as they are in 6th grade now!  The doorbell rang and everyone was busy getting food ready and tending to Alex and Julia, so I went to the door.  A trick or treater, dressed all in black, stuck out a little skull bucket and I filled it with candy.  It was really really windy that night and I was ready to shut the door.  But, the trick or treater kept fiddling around with his bucket.  He then pulled out a ring box.  I then realized that Ryan WAS the trick or treater, on his knees like he always said he would be. 

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These were the days before digital cameras, so I actually had to scan these.  LOL! 

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We had only been dating about 6 months when we got engaged.  However, we had an almost 2 year engagement.  We got engaged 10-31-2001 and married 06-28-2003.  Ryan had three semesters of college to finish up at Kansas State.  After a year and a half of a long distance engagement. . .we were so ready to tie the knot.

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I can’t believe ten years have passed since that fateful night.  We had no idea what the next ten years would hold.  They haven’t always been easy, but there’s no one else that I’d want to go through life with.   And if he showed up at my door on Halloween night, I’d marry him all over again. 

So good

The letter between the t and u on the laptop is broken, so I have to think of clever words to use instead of ones that contain that letter.  It makes a person think as it is hard to get around that.  Is it possible that Best Bu (dang it) can fix it?  W'e’ll see.

So, now on to what I was writing about.  I made these pretzel bites awhile ago and the pretzels were delicious!!  A must make!! 

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If you (hey I got my Y to work, sort of) love pretzels like I do, you will love these! 

Now, I’m off to get Olivia ready to go on her first trick or treating of the season. . .at daddy’s work.  She is soooo excited. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It’s My Potty and I’ll Cry If I Want To

Olivia has a hard time using public restrooms.  If they are the least bit dirty or smelly or noisy, she will scream and cry and refuse to go potty.  She hates toilets flushing and the sound of  hand dryers.  I was anxious last Saturday because we were going to a soccer game followed by the pumpkin patch and I didn’t know where Olivia would go potty.  We stopped at a grocery store on the way to the pumpkin patch to see if she’d go potty, but that bathroom was unacceptable to her.  At this point, I’m stressing because it would be hours before we got home.  And then I learned that porta-potties are completely acceptable to Olivia and she had no problem using them at the pumpkin patch.  I have problems using porta-potties, but they apparently passed Olivia’s test!  She loved the “outdoor potties"!”  I’m pretty sure it’s because they don’t flush.  I don’t know what else she could possibly find appealing about them. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

So, I thought I’d share my new recipes for the week.  My tilapia was a bust.  Honestly, I took one bite and almost gagged.  My husband ate his and said it wasn’t bad, but I think he was just being nice.  Either that or I just really don’t like fish or paprika.  So, I won’t be sharing that recipe.  But, if anyone has a good recipe for tilapia, please share.  I’m determined to like it.

I also made these new baked potatoes this week.  They looked and sounded awesome to me, but I was a bit disappointed.  They were good, but not quite as good as I expected.  Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new spin on potatoes, though.

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Olivia kept busy while I was cooking dinner tonight.  Hey, at least someone is finding a use for my spices.  Ha!

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Not sure what I’m going to make next, but I’m looking forward to some parmesan pretzel bites and also baked french toast.  Hoping I’ll have better luck with those.